Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection December 25, 2016
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
The Nativity Of The Lord (Christmas), Cycle A
our Christmas day Gospel focuses on the Word made flesh. Ancient Jewish
thought found all sorts of sophisticated ways to say that God was
active in the world without ceasing to be transcendent over it. Above
all, they spoke of God’s holy Word, a Word by which all things were
listen to the Prologue to John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the
Word…” He’s writing a new Genesis—and he is drawing our attention to
this word of God, this powerful, musical breath of God that makes and
governs the universe and speaks through the prophets, this Word that is
the same as God.
this Word became flesh. The Greek term means “pitched his tent among
us,” the very phrase used of God’s Wisdom inhabiting the Temple in
Jerusalem. “And we saw his glory…and he was full of grace and truth.”
Glory, for he is beautiful to look on; truth, for he is the new Law. All
the ways that the Old Testament spoke of God’s involvement with the
world come together in this description of Jesus Christ. He is the
powerful Word that will not return without accomplishing his purpose.